Living the WELL Life

The Story of A 1001 Diets

Like the 1,001 stories Scheherazade told King Shahryar in order to prolong her life day by day, we have conjured up thousands of diets through the years in hope of keeping alive our images of beauty and health. The sad part of this story is that, in contrast to Scheherazade – who would eventually become Queen -- diets usually don’t survive the test of time for most people. Even with the strongest motivations,  we have a hard time sticking to a particular diet.  Read more

Brazil nuts, Banana and Chocolate… Oh My!

Delicious Rainforest-Saving Snacks to Help You Stay on Your Weight Loss Plan
If you find yourself veering off the road to healthy weight loss, you might want to take a look at your snacks. They could be the culprit leading you off track. Perhaps you don't generally eat snacks but find yourself ravenously hungry between lunch and dinner while dieting only to end up end up overdoing it at your evening meal. Or maybe you do eat snacks, but you don't bring one with you, so you stop at a vending machine when you get hungry and choose something less than optimal Read more

Do You Have “Monkey Mind?”

Achieving optimal weight and health is both a mental and physical process.  To improve our physical health through exercise and diet, we must also slim down our minds, so to speak.   As much as we may overeat, we may also over think everything as well.  I call this Monkey Mind.  Read more

Demo Class - Preventing Disease

June 15, 2013 - 10am to 1pm
Yes…you…can! You read right. We can prevent disease. We can also reverse disease. The way we treat most disease in our modern Big Pharma-driven world is fatally flawed because we neglect the foundation upon which we build our health…food. Join me as we explore the healing powers of food…and have some fun doing it, even a healthy picnic menu to start your summer right!  Read more

Demo Class - Health is Not the Luck of the Draw

May 18, 2013 - 10am to 1pm
So many chronic diseases, auto-immune diseases are on the rise. It’s scarier than a Stephen King novel. But health is not random, not the luck of the draw. We decide we wish to be healthy and then we live our lives in a way that supports health. Sure, stuff happens, but if we are always mindful, making healthy choices and eating well, we have a great shot at preventing so many of the ‘lifestyle’ diseases that plague us.  Read more

Demo Class - The Love and Marriage of Whole Foods…Whole Grains and Beans

Sunday, September 15 – 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM 
We think of whole grains and beans as a complete protein when eaten together. They are simply sources of carbohydrates and protein, right? While that’s true, there’s so much more to these humble ingredients that create the foundation of our wellness. Hint: Want to digest more efficiently?  Read more

The Impulses of Impulse Eating

We have all done it. We’re cleaning up after a party, holiday feast, or other celebration and you munch as you go.  There’s one cookie left on the plate, and we eat it. We’re not hungry, but it’s there. Are you hungry? Nope, but we eat anyway.  Read more

Dieting is Out, Healthy Eating is In! 21-Day Weight Loss Program

Livin’ Easy…
Summertime and the livin’s easy... You may remember these lyrics from the popular song Summertime” all about lazy days of summer when everything seems to slow down. Summer is a good time to forget our worries and let our hair down.  It’s the perfect time to lose weight as fresh salads and delicious fruits and vegetables are in season.  Summer is the season of high energy, joy, and passion. Nature is at its full and glorious height, so it’s sensible to use this positive energy to get our health in tip top condition.  One way to do that is to adopt a sensible eating plan that balances our hormones and increases our vitality. A 21- day program is a perfect way to achieve better health and stay in stride with the season.  While on the program, your body will adjust noticeably to your new, healthy regimen.  Perhaps most importantly, you will love how you feel.    Read more

Diet Like a Superhero

While many people experience weight loss as a natural side effect of adopting a vegan diet, some of you have shared that you're still having trouble shedding those extra pounds. So, I want to get specific about what works and what doesn't. First, there is a lot of vegan junk food out there (potato chips, French fries, even Oreos are vegan). Going vegan alone doesn't always result in weight loss for every person - it's the veggies and whole grains that really do the trick.   Read more

Eating to Relieve Allergy Symptoms

Ah, spring is in the air and our thoughts turn to flights of fancy.

Unless you’re sneezing your head off and scratching your itchy, red eyes out of your miserable skull.

With the advent of warm weather, pollen counts rise and some of us succumb to the congestion and physical symptoms we know as allergies. From rag weed to roses, the suffering begins just as the weather warms enough to be outside enjoying the sun, making increasing numbers of us absolute messes.

Studies show that one in five people in the U.S. suffer from seasonal allergies ranking them fifth in chronic diseases. And it should come as no surprise that global warming has increased the length of allergy season by four weeks over the last ten years, according to WebMD. 

So are you doomed to suffer, tissues always in hand? What if I told you that your food choices strongly influenced the severity of your symptoms? 

Once again, your kitchen can be your pharmacy.  Read more

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